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Poster: jory2 Date: Apr 20, 2012 7:28am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: A 'music composition' copyright question

Hi The_Emperor_Of_Television:
A less complicated answer would be; if the clips "Works" are public domain no "Rights" of any type apply, this includes copy, distribution and any of the neighboring Intellectual Property Rights, i.e "performance rights".
"Works" in the Public Domain are no longer Copyright Protected by a sole Rightful owner.
However "Works" that are still Copyright Protected can not be "Used" (legally) without express consent from the Rightful owner of the Works.
Up loading the "Works" to any website, including the Internet Archive, is making a "public performance" of said "Works" and is a violation of Copyright.
The U.S. Copyright Act (DMCA) does have a "Fair-use" doctrine that is useful when making public Uses of Copyright Protected Intellectual Property that are Copyright Protected under the U.S. Copyright Act(s), "fair-use" may be of help to you?

The EFF has a good like to such a site: teachingcopyrightDOTorg.

Hope this helps?